Faculty Day 2016

20th Anniversary Faculty Day Conference

Student Center
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We invite you to participate in the exchange of ideas at this year’s Faculty Day Conference. The day promises to be filled with thought-provoking, absorbing and (perhaps) controversial presentations and discussions.

Throughout the day you will have many opportunities to speak about your latest ideas and creative work with familiar colleagues, while also getting to meet and collaborate with people from across the entire college community.

  • Symposiums and Panel Discussions
  • Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
  • Gallery and Academic Posters
  • Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception
  • Lounge Open All Day! (with computers to check your e-mail or revise your presentation)

With lunch provided and refreshments served the entire day, you’ll have a unique opportunity to get to know other members of the college and share your thoughts, your concerns and your ideas. The Faculty Day Conference will renew your enthusiasm for scholarship while reinforcing your sense of connection to the Brooklyn College community.

We hope to see all of our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our professional staff at the 20th Anniversary Faculty Day Conference!

Conference Details

About Faculty Day

The 20th Anniversary Faculty Day Conference and Award Ceremony affords us an opportunity to pause from business as usual in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Brooklyn College faculty. The day features a multidisciplinary conference—including workshops, panel discussions, presentations, art gallery, academic poster sessions, and informal roundtable discussions over lunch—culminating in an awards ceremony and reception. At the conference, colleagues participate in an exchange of ideas about a wide variety of scholarly, artistic and pedagogical interests and concerns. At the awards ceremony, individuals nominated by their fellow faculty members are honored for their accomplishments in teaching, research and service.

The Faculty Day Conference emerged out of a desire to provide a unique college-wide opportunity to foster connections with our colleagues and improve the quality of intellectual and social life here on campus. Each year this day gives us a chance to engage in dialogue about academic and pedagogical activities with our colleagues from remarkably diverse disciplines.

Thank you for joining us at this year’s Faculty Day Conference and contributing to Brooklyn College’s professional and intellectual vitality.

Conference Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick
  • Myra Kogen

Committee Members

  • James Eaton
  • Len Fox
  • Mobina Hashmi
  • Gail Horowitz
  • Nicholas Irons
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton
  • Sandra Kingan
  • Catherine McEntee
  • Jerry Mirotznik
  • Matthew Moore
  • Theodore Muth
  • Mariana Regalado
  • Suklima Roy
  • Judith Wild


Continental Breakfast

9–9:30 a.m.
State Lounge, fifth floor

Celebrating Faculty Day: A Conversation

Keynote—9:30–10:30 a.m.
State Lounge, fifth floor

Since the inception of Faculty Day two decades ago, the office of the Associate Provost for Faculty and Administration has been closely involved in the planning of each year’s conference. In this opening session, Eric Steinberg (Associate Provost, 1989–2003), Jerry Mirotznik (Associate Provost, 2003–14), and Matthew Moore (Associate Provost, 2014–present) will briefly share their perspectives on Faculty Day and then join in a discussion with all present about the past, present, and future of the conference.

Refreshment Lounge
Available All Day!
State Lounge, fifth floor
Check your e-mail, double-check your presentation, grab a snack, and chat with your colleagues.

Session 1 — 10:45 a.m.–noon

Music in Motion: Sound Theories and Cinema Horror
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Foster Hirsch, Film

  • John Beatty, Film, “Val Lewton and The Sounds of Terror”
  • Bruce MacIntyre, Conservatory of Music, “Melodies That Haunt in Val Lewton’s Horror Films: Exploring the Nature of Their Eerie Effects”
  • Aaron Kozbelt, Psychology, “Musical Innovation Against the Biological Grain? Rising and Falling Intervals in Arnold Schoenberg’s Vocal Music”

Of our five senses, the ears are sensitive to noises and musical tones in ever-changing ways that can be intriguing, fascinating, and even haunting, especially for film- and concert-goers. These presentations explore how the sounds and melodies in producer Val Lewton’s acclaimed horror movies and the melodic tendencies in Schoenberg’s vocal music can move us in unexpected and powerful ways.

Flipping Over General Education With Team-Based Learning
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership

  • Dmitry Brogun, Biology, “TBL Implementation in Science Courses for Non-Science Majors”
  • Jennifer Ball, Art, “Straight Talk about TBL in the Humanities: What Will Improve and What Won’t in Your Classes”
  • Michael Goyette, Classics, “What Would Socrates Say About Team-Based Learning?”

How to engage students in applying knowledge to think critically about real-world problems. This panel is in memory of the Biology Department Chair, Dan Eshel.

Sharing the Wealth: A Conversation on Writing for the Broader Public
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: MJ Robinson, Television and Radio

  • Richard Greenwald, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, “Public Engagement: On Being Heard in a Crowded World”
  • Corey Robin, Political Science, “Getting Started: Public Writing in 3 Easy Steps”
  • Paul Moses, English and Journalism, “A Matter of Style: Differences B between Writing for Academic and General-interest Readers”

Faculty members have considerable expertise to share with the public, but are sometimes uncertain of how to publish in general-interest media. This panel will discuss avenues to do that.

A Call to Improve Black and Latino Student Success: Enhancing Student Faculty Interaction
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor

  • Trina Lynn Yearwood, Accreditation Manager, School of Education
  • Haroon Kharem, Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education
  • Larry Patterson, Academic Student Support Manger, School of Education

In this interactive and creative session, presenters will share success stories from their experiences with the Urban Community Teachers Project and the Black and Latino Male Initiative.

Noon–1:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions
Gold Room, sixth floor

Gallery and Academic Posters
Maroon Room, sixth floor

The Brooklyn Listening Project
Noon–2 p.m.
Grog Room, fifth floor
Facilitator: Joseph Entin, English and American Studies

Visit the Brooklyn Listening Project’s recording booth to share your Brooklyn life-experiences or record an interview with another faculty member! Digital recordings of the interviews will be archived at the Brooklyn College Library.

Session 2 — 1:15–2:30 p.m.

Exhibitionism: Art and the Process of Exhibition Design
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Maria Conelli, Dean, School of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts

  • Patricia Cronin, Art, “Shrine for Girls: Feminist Politics at the Venice Biennale”
  • Malka Simon and Christopher Richards, Art, “The Art of Interdisciplinary Exhibition”

Panelists will highlight the ways in which exhibition design and installation can educate viewers about complex political and sociological ideas through works of art and material culture.

A Pedagogy of Empathy: Helping Students to Care
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: April Bedford, Dean, School of Education

  • Roni Natov, English, “Teaching Empathy Through Children’s Literature”
  • Aditya Nihalani, Student, “Emotions and the Practice of Medicine”
  • Karel Rose, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education and English, “Empathy: Back to the Greeks”

Can we teach empathy? Acknowledging the centrality of empathy in our complicated and volatile world, we will explore the pedagogical imperative and opportunities for teaching empathy in our diverse classrooms. We defend this ancient value in our modern world and explore how deficits in empathy imperil a democratic society. We will suggest some of the strategies for developing the emotional competence that honors generosity and moral development.

You Call That a Book? Publishing in the 21st Century
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Beth Evans, Library

  • Scott Dexter, Computer and Information Science, “Dual-edition Publication, or How to Work With Forward-Thinking Publishers”
  • Jeremy Porter, Sociology and Children and Youth Studies, “The Journal of Maps: Making Spatially Centered Visual Resources the Publication Focus”
  • Miguel Macias, Television and Radio, “Hours Behind Each Minute: The Research Involved in Documentary Making”
  • Miriam Deutch, Library, “Publishing Alternative Textbooks”
  • Judith Wild, Library, “Academic Works: CUNY’s Institutional Repository”

The venues and processes for scholarly publication have been changing—and diversifying—rapidly. This panel will explore some of the new possibilities appearing on the publishing landscape.

Redefining “Normal”: Who Are the Students of Brooklyn College?
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor
Moderator: James Davis, English

  • Gail Horowitz, Chemistry, “Student Success in STEM: Why Social Class Matters”
  • Irene Sosa, Television and Radio, “I Too Am First-Generation”
  • Jocelyn Wills, History, “BC’s First-generation College Students: American Dreams and Realities”
  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, “Reducing Stereotype Threat in the BC Classroom: The Myth of Black/Latino Cognitive Inferiority”

What kinds of knowledge and experience do Brooklyn College students bring to our classrooms? Does this matter? How does it impact our teaching?

Session 3—2:45–4 p.m.

Cancer Crossroads: Prevention, Progression, and Precision Medicine
Alumni Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Anjana Saxena, Biology

  • Mara Schvarzstein, Biology,Mechanisms of Accurate Chromosome Inheritance in Meiosis and Cancer”
  • Xinyin Jiang, Health and Nutrition Sciences, “Dual Role of Methyl Nutrients in Cancer Prevention and Progression”
  • Guillermo Gerona-Navarro, Chemistry, “Chemical Probes Targeting Polycomb Group of Proteins Gene Repression: A Strategy to Develop Novel Epigenetic Cancer Therapies?”
  • Maria Contel, Chemistry, “Unconventional Metallodrugs as Potential Chemotherapeutics: Novel Approaches”
  • Ryan Murelli, Chemistry, “7-Hydroxytropolones as ‘Privileged’ Therapeutic Targets for Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry Studies”

There is no single magic bullet against cancer. This panel will explore some innovative ideas to understand genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cancer to feature some tactics for cancer prevention and/or personalized medicine. In addition, unusual potential chemotherapeutics and selective delivery of chemotherapy drugs will be highlighted.

Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Student Success
Jefferson-Williams Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Maria Scharrón del Rio, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership

  • Charles Edwards, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership, “Collaboration: Conceptual and Theoretical Framework”
  • Paul McCabe, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership, “Inter-Departmental Collaboration at Brooklyn College”
  • Harold Golubtchik, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership, “Supporting Collaboration in K–12 Settings: Students as Future Collaborators”

Let us go beyond the buzzword or flavor of the day that collaboration has become. Achieving the problem-solving benefits found in collaborative cultures may require sustained commitment, intentionality, and accountability.

The Presidential Election Few Predicted: How Did We Get Where We Are Now?
Maroney-Leddy Lounge, fourth floor
Moderator: Prudence Cumberbatch, Africana Studies

  • Alan Aja, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, “Election 2016 and the Myth of the Latin@ Vote”
  • Katie Rose Hejtmanek, Anthropology and Archaeology, “I Know Women! But I Love Women More! Gender, Race and the 2016 Presidential Election”
  • Alex Vitale, Sociology, “Criminal Justice and the Presidential Race”
  • James Davis, English, “Presidential Politics and Public Higher Education”

Given how unprecedented this presidential race has been on so many levels, let’s go beyond the slogans to examine the implications and viability of the candidates’ positions.

Crossing Languages and Cultures: From English to Chinese and Back Again
Occidental Lounge, fifth floor
Moderator: Yonggang Huang, Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Taofa Xu, Modern Languages and Literatures, “Mirror Reflection: Word Order of Chinese and English”
  • Binyamin Aberbach, Walter Gordon, Students, “Our Experiences in Learning the Chinese Language”
  • Len Fox, English and ESL, “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages”
  • Luoyi Cai, Jian Ting Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Students, “Our Experiences in Learning the English Language and American Culture”

The panelists will discuss the experiences of native English-speaking students learning the Chinese language and of Chinese-American immigrant students learning the English language and American culture and customs.

Reception—Approximately 4:45–6:30 p.m. (following the awards ceremony)


Luncheon and Roundtable Discussions

Noon–1:15 p.m.
Gold Room, sixth floor

Hispanic and Native American Students in STEM: Creating New Communities of Excellence

  • Mara Schvarzstein, Biology
  • Mariana Torrente, Chemistry

The Conflict Between Surveillance and the Free Expression of Ideas

  • Sandra Reuben Kingan, Mathematics

Not All the Good Jobs Are for Profit: Careers in Government and the Nonprofit Sector

  • Dov Fischer, Accounting
  • Anthony Crossman, Accounting
  • Satina Williams, Accounting
  • Jeong Um, Undergraduate Student
  • Steven Schechter, Executive Director of Government and External Affairs

Badging, Microcredentialing, and Alternative/New Program Types

  • Lucas Rubin, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
  • Louise Hainline, Psychology
  • Mariana Regalado, Library
  • Matthew Harrick, Library

Not a House of Cards: How to Use Assessment to Build a Strong Foundation for Your Curriculum

  • Beth Evans, Library
  • Catherine McEntee, Biology
  • Mobina Hashmi, Television and Radio
  • Mel Pipe, Acting Assistant Provost for Planning and Special Projects

Disabilities Studies From the Perspectives of Different Disciplines: Art, Science, and Service

  • Susan Longtin, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Conservatory of Music
  • Scott Dexter, Computer and Information Science

The Experiences of Women Faculty Leaders at BC

  • Katherine Fry, Television and Radio
  • Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership
  • Ellen Walker, Psychology
  • Paula Whitlock, Computer and Information Sciences

Exploring the REAL Issues Facing PreK-16 Public Education

  • Deborah Shanley, Secondary Education
  • Haroon Kharem, Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education

Flipping Over General Education: Team-based Learning

  • Jennifer Ball, Art
  • Dmitry Brogun, Biology
  • Michael Goyette, Classics
  • Sharona Levy, Speech Communication Arts and Sciences

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Student Center
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
4–4:45 p.m.

The Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award (pdf)

Jennifer Ball, Art
Myles Bassell, Business Management
presented by James Davis, English

The Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award was established through a generous gift from Leonard Tow ’50, a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation, in honor of his wife, Claire Tow ’52. The award recognizes a senior member of the faculty for outstanding qualities as a teacher and for being a role model to students and other faculty. It carries a stipend of $10,000, to be paid in one installment through the Brooklyn College Foundation.

Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Full-time Faculty Member (pdf)

Catherine McEntee, Biology

presented by Louise Hainline, Psychology

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member for his or her demonstrated excellence in teaching at Brooklyn College.

Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Part-time Faculty Member (pdf)

Margaret Araneo, Theater
presented by Michael Goyette, Classics

The award, in the amount of $5,000, will be presented annually to a part-time (adjunct) faculty member for his or her demonstrated excellence in teaching and recognizes the important contributions made by adjunct faculty to teaching and learning at Brooklyn College.

Outstanding Graduate Deputy Award (pdf)

Michael Rawson, History
presented by Benzion Banowitz, Psychology

This award recognizes a member of the graduate faculty and acknowledges their extraordinary contribution to the college as teacher, adviser and mentor to students in their capacity of graduate deputy. The award establishes a $1,500 expense account to fund faculty travel, provide materials to support their graduate program, or support the research agenda of their students.

Award for Excellence in Academic Outcomes Assessment (pdf)

Dov Fischer, Accounting
Hershey Friedman, Business Management
presented by Provost William Tramontano

The award establishes a $2,500 expense/reimbursement account and is presented annually to a full-time faculty member, or faculty team, for extraordinary contributions in championing academic outcomes assessment at Brooklyn College.

Award for Excellence in Creative Achievement (pdf)

Archie Rand, Art
presented by Mona Hadler, Art

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member of Brooklyn College for creative or artistic work.

Award for Excellence in Research (pdf)

Frederick Wasser, Television and Radio
presented by Irene Sosa, Television and Radio

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member of Brooklyn College for outstanding scholarly work in his or her discipline.

Eric M. Steinberg Award for College Citizenship (pdf)

Maria Perez y Gonzalez, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
presented by Eric Steinberg (Associate Provost, 1989–2003)

The award in the amount of $5,000 will be presented annually to a full-time faculty member for meritorious service chiefly to Brooklyn College, but also for fulfillment of the college’s mission in its relationships with communities in the Greater New York area and beyond.

Brooklyn. All in.